We applaud the example that Rotraut Knopp has set with her rejection of the installation of a smart meter and the legacy meter fees. Another area resident was cut off Nov. 5, after the Nov. 1 start of the winter moratorium for hydro disconnections.
Most BC Hydro users are unaware that they have a right to choose whether they have an analog or smart meter attached to their home. The decision is for the person whose name is on the hydro bill, who is not necessarily the homeowner. Most smart meters were installed without the customer’s input. Any BC Hydro customer has the right to request that a smart meter be removed and replaced with an analog meter, more and more users are doing this as more information is available regarding the array of issues coming to light. As always, it is important to pay on time for your power usage and equally important to be an informed consumer. www.bc-freedom.com and www.stopsmartmetersbc.com provide information on related science, human rights, the global smart grid, surveillance and how to object to BC Hydro practices. There is a lot of help out there in the form of local support groups, online forums, and class action suits. “Take Back Your Power” is an excellent film recently presented by the Comox Valley Smart Meter Resistors group and can be downloaded for $5 at www.takebackyourpower.net. Invite your family and friends over, make some popcorn and find out about all the issues. Did you know that Saskatchewan has been busy removing ALL smart meters previously installed? Get “connected” with the issues via social networks, writing to newspapers, talking to radio and TV reporters and don’t be afraid (that’s what BC Hydro is counting on) to take back your power! For more info call 250-334-2375 or 250-337-8348.